Week1-2 Horror

Q: What is the philosophy of cosmicism and how is it used to convey a sense of dread in both The Shadow Over Innsmouth and The Void?

The philosophy of cosmicism is based on the idea of illusion and imagination of human and the literary philosophy developed by writer H.P Lovecraft. Basically it is a belief that humans are insignificant in the cosmic the universe, this has no god in cosmic.

The way that cosmic horror convey a sense of dread 

“A certain atmosphere of breathless and explainable dread of outer, unknown forces must be present; and there must be a hint, expressed with a seriousness and portentousness becoming its subject, of that most terrible conception of the human brain–a malign and particular suspension or defeat of those fixed laws of Nature which are our only safeguard against the assaults of chaos and the daemons of unplumbed space.” (H.P. Lovecraft, Supernatural Horror in Literature, 1927)

I think the way that cosmic horror convey a sense of dread such as the unknown things like a ghost, evil, monster, alien that those things the sciencelogic evidence cannot prove that they were real. The way that writer describe the appearance of the unknown character that abnormality, the way they move, or attacking to people. The unknown thing could be the imagination world or place that the writer built it up, that can make people cannot know what it going to happen next. Also a culminate plot that people did not expect. The writer might give the reader some hint for finding out the end, but the plot was twist at the end too, expose a secret.

“Where does madness leave off and reality begin?” 
― H.P. Lovecraft, The Shadow Over Innsmouth (1939).

The way that cosmic horror convey a sense of dread of The Shadow Over Innsmouth has a culminate plot and unknown thing like a monster. This cosmic has the half fish half human at the main monster. Lovecraft gave people some hint that the main character felt something wrong at the imagination town as Innsmouth. The main character have to expose the secret, then he found that everyone in this town are the monster. After that the reader did not expect but then the main character also be half fish half human. The culminate plot is the way The Shadow Over Innsmouth convey a sense of dread.

The way that cosmic horror convey a sense of dread of The Void also has a  culminate plot many time… they also unknown monster and the biggest main dread should be the belief and science. The plot make all characters come to hospital for healing…Here is the simple setting place as Staci(2016) mention that the most innocuous settings can become frightening with the right treatment. Then they have to hiding there cause unknown people dress up like a priest to kill random(?) people and use the geometry to make people know that that was not the normal religion. The first twist plot was the doctor was killed then the he was the instigator. In my opinion, I really like the way they make this movie so scary but using the atmosphere sound, make that situation distrust. When I first watched this movie, I was expect of jump scare scene. Because the background music/ atmosphere sound built the audience to close their eye and though something scary might come up soon. 

Overall, the plot of cosmic is very important. The way that the writer telling the story to illustrate the imagination world and how they make people still want to read next chapter and want to know the end. The way that the audience/reader know nothing at the beginning and the story give a hint until the secret had solved.


Lovecraft, H.P. (1939). The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

Lovecraft, H.P. (1927). Supernatural Horror in Literature.

Troilo, Staci. (2016). The Four Elements of a Horror Story. https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/four-elements-horror/

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